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Abstract Title: An Adapted Engineering Learning Assistant Program and Its Outcomes
Abstract: This poster describes an adapted engineering learning assistant (LA) program at a big public university. We collected data from a cohort of 50 engineering LAs through an academic term, including program development documentation, observation notes of 26 teaching sessions, weekly meetings, and training sessions, 15 in-person interviews with LAs and instructors, 52 responses of LA online weekly reflections, and 13 responses of LA online surveys. Preliminary findings show that with LAs, the LA-supported classes were better staffed and students received more immediate and strategic feedback. LAs recognize that the experience helped them solidify content knowledge, understand others' perspectives, improve public speaking, better communicate with people, develop teamwork skills, and learn to deal with complex social situations. LAs also recognize how these skills transfer into professional engineering practice. Implications for engineering educators are discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C7

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ying Cao
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
and Co-Presenter(s)
Milo Koretsky
Oregon State Univerisity